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Ohio Makes Big Move to Boost Municipal Spending Transparency

The Buckeye State already gets high marks on making information available. Those efforts will now expand to the local level.

Peoria’s ‘Budget Challenge’ Puts Residents in the Driver’s Seat

Interactive tool delivers robust feedback from citizens in the central Illinois city.

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Municipal Sewer Problems Prompt Federal Lawsuit on Flushable Wipes

A Minnesota city alleges that companies are using false claims on the actual flushability of their products.

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When Drivers Adjust to Speed Camera Enforcement

Speed cameras may be hated by drivers, but reduced ticket revenue is a sign they’re working.

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Increasing State Speed Limits Spur Safety Concerns

Drivers’ rights advocates argue that if higher speed limits are being set at appropriate levels based on valid engineering standards, roads will actually be safer. But many safety experts disagree.

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Massachusetts Cities and Towns Still Feeling Fiscal Hit From Costly Winter

A new credit outlook: “[T]he full effect across all municipalities is significant because it eats into funding for other services or results in declining reserves.”

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Forget Bullet Trains, Amtrak Needs A New Bridge

With the Northeast Corridor in disrepair, the focus is on the present rather than the future.

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Obama Administration Tells Texas It Could Play Medicaid Hardball There, Too

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services holds a call with Lone Star State officials, as the drama in Florida heats up.

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With a May 31 Transportation Deadline Ticking, State Officials Wait for Congress to Act

A big challenge for state transportation directors: The “uncertainty of whether or not we’re going to have long-term federal funding.”

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Local Governments Could Play a Big Role in Helping to Shape Wikipedia

Wikipedia needs more information. And local governments just might have what the online encyclopedia needs.

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How Colorado Is Trying to Convince Marijuana Enthusiasts Not to Drive Stoned

Among the state’s 420-related tactics: A special car that’s filled with smoke.